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Showcasing Adelaide's Jazz talent and Gawler's food venues
The Gawler Jazz Festival is on again on the first weekend of November with many talented musicians showcasing their talent over 15 venues in the town of Gawler.
The Gawler Jazz Festival kicks off each day with Jazz for Breakfast. Participating cafes each morning, are Café Nova, Café Sia, Conversations Café, Gawler Café, Java Hut, Nourish Café and Taste on Main. All cafes will open at their normal opening hours. Due to the popularity of this part of the main program, it is recommended that you book early in order to avoid disappointment. History shows that many Adelaideans travel to Gawler for the Jazz for Breakfast session(s), and then continue on to the Barossa Valley.
For those who wish to stay a bit longer, next up on the Saturday is the Rotary Village Fair at Pioneer Park, with the Adelaide City Jazzmen beating out some tunes from 10am until 1pm. This fair is one of the largest fairs outside of the traditional country shows, and has entertainment for all ages including clowns, food, animal displays, and of course jazz.
Afternoon sessions will be held at Café Nova, Willaston Hotel, Exchange Hotel, Prince Albert Hotel, Golden Fleece Hotel, Kingsford Hotel, Eagle Foundry B&B and everyone's favourite Fig 22. Fig 22, at the Wheatsheaf Inn at Gawler East, is a real find with some of the best tapas in the region served each weekend. Some of the above venues have also scheduled some evening sessions that will suit either the all-day jazz junkie or else the later arrivals, or those who are returning from a day trip in the Barossa Valley.
Dukes of Jump
Celebrating Gawler's 175th anniversary this year, the organisers have managed to secure some exceptional Jazz musicians including Lauren Henderson, Jazbuz and Mel Laraway, Dukes of Jump, Atlantic Street Band and Various Nefarious just to name a few.
Entry is free at all venues, with normal prices applicable for food and drink. The event is supported by Gawler Council and the 175th anniversary of the town of Gawler. Combined with this Jazz Festival is the Rotary Fair, as well as numerous other street activities including buskers and local market stalls.